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It’s easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining procedures that require recurring activities within your quality manual; equipment procedures, technician evaluations, PSP samples, and management reviews – just to name a few. Examples of procedures that don’t require frequencies would be storage, retention and disposal of test samples and identifying samples. Let’s take a

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With the number of labs growing that have implemented R18LabQMS, the number of labs adding satellite lab accounts is also growing. These labs have seen the benefit of the application to manage all procedures in one place and to provide ease of access to the assessor prior to coming on-site. The benefits are numerous, let’s

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A question that comes up from time to time is, “Can I use R18LabQMS to manage other quality standards, i.e. ASTM D3666, ASTM E329, or ISO 17025?”  This question was presented recently by an assessor who commented that it would be of great value if this was built into the application. Well, the good news

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With the New Year here, we have made an update to a couple areas of the application. We hope that these updates are found to be useful in your management of your QMS in 2019. We appreciate the feedback we have gotten about updates, suggestions for new features, and we will continue to work on

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Moving from one management system to the next can seem like a daunting task. But as we continue to move deeper into the age of technology, it’s no longer an option. We see this change in virtually every sector of business. Some call it “market disruption” and Amazon, Uber and Airbnb are just a few

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2018 is rapidly coming to a close. It was a benchmark year of milestones that have taken R18LabQMS to new heights. Looking back to the early days and development of R18LabQMS, we never imagined the far reach this management tool would have in the industry. A DOT in the Northeast was the very first user

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Training for technicians may be one of the most important activities within the laboratory. Lack of proper training will affect the overall quality of tests results, variability, and ultimately, the bottom line. Whether or not your laboratory is accredited, technician training is a must. You must have training procedures in place, not only for new

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When I first came to the Asphalt Institute laboratory (circa 1994) there were very few computers in the offices. There were only large desktop models and thick massive square monitors. How times have changed! I remember my first computer purchase, it was a ‘386’ with a 40 megabytes hard drive in 1991. I’m not going

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Management reviews were reinstated back in 2016 after a five-year absence and were fully implemented and observed by the assessors during an onsite assessment in April 2017. As we talk with laboratories, there seems to be a common theme of receiving non-conformities in this area. Solving this problem boils down to periodic reviews of the AASHTO

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If your laboratory is accredited, you are required to participate in a Proficiency Sample Program (PSP) in the areas that are applicable to your areas of accreditation. This requirement is a tool for your laboratory to monitor not only quality but to identify any testing issues that may arise with erroneous data. You can track trending

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